Freetime: Jan. 25


INDY SOUTH TRAIN SHOW, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See running model train layouts, trains, rolling stock, books, DVDs and memorabilia to purchase. Sponsored by Pacific and Eastern Model Railroad Club.

Held at the Johnson County Fairground, Scott Hall, 250 Fairground St. in Franklin.

All gauges. Admission is $5 for adults; under 14 free with adult. Free parking is available.

For tables, contact Jim Herkless at 317-690-4780.




SOUTHSIDE ART LEAGUE featured artists in February will be the students of Beverly S. Mathis’ watercolor classes. The subject for the paintings was a “White Rose” and will be on display until Feb. 29; many will be for sale. Come meet the artists at the SALI Open House, Feb. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Visit the gallery at 299 E. Broadway St., Greenwood, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday through Tuesday.

SOUTHSIDE ART LEAGUE WINTER EXHIBIT, now through March 30. Member artists will be exhibiting art works that follow the theme “Faces and Figures.” You have to come see it, because the subjects are not all humans as you might expect. A wide variety of styles, subjects, media and prices will be available.



LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS, 6:30 to 8 p.m. every second Monday at Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Drive, Franklin. The topic for the next conversation will be on race; one option is “Being White in the Racial Justice Movement.” Small groups meet monthly to discuss timely topics, with a different topic each month. All are welcome; enter on the west side of the building. Visit for more information.



FRA BRANCH 130 is still looking for a few good men and women to join the fun! Monthly meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Greenwood VFW, 1842 Veterans Way, Greenwood. The U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial Branch holds its breakfast meeting the second Tuesday of each month at Denny’s South Park at Main St. and I-65 in Greenwood at 9 a.m. We would be glad for you to join us and we will buy your breakfast on your first visit. For more information, visit

JOHNSON COUNTY STAMP CLUB meets at 1 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month at the Trafalgar Library, 424 S. Tower St. Come and enjoy monthly stamp exchanges/offers. U.S. and worldwide collectors of all ages are invited. For more information: [email protected] or 317-989-6799.

LEARN THE ART OF WOODCARVING, every Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Parks and Recreation building. Everyone of all ages welcome. Instructors available. No carving tools needed. Contact Steve McClain at 317-696-5713 for inquiries.

NIMBLE THIMBLES QUILT CLUB meets the first Friday of each month at 9 a.m. at Purdue Extension Office, 484 N. Morton St., Franklin for socializing, demonstrations and displays of finished projects. The business meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. Yearly membership is $20. New and experienced quilters are welcome. For more information, contact club president Vicki Craig at [email protected].

FRANKLIN REGIONAL SWIM TEAM is offering swim lessons for children and adults. For information on private or group lessons, visit

THE GREENWOOD GATORS swim club is offering swim lessons. For more information, visit

NINEVEH SENIOR CENTER now open with limited activities. Coffee provided for events. Membership is $25 per year. Weekly activities: Euchre on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and bid euchre on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Chair exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.



TOP FLOOR WOMEN. Indy’s Premier Southside Networking Events invites all women looking for personal and professional development to join us the first Wednesday of each month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at JPtheGeek offices, 156 S. Park Blvd., Greenwood. For more information, to register for the event, register as a speaker for an upcoming month or even become a coffee sponsor, go to



FRANKLIN MASONIC LODGE is hosting a blood donation event on Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 801 S. Main St. The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give now and help fight the potential impact of seasonal illnesses and flu season on the blood supply. The Red Cross is also offering donors who come to give now through Jan. 31 a chance to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. Details are available at For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SPAGHETTI DINNER at the VFW Auxiliary, Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., 1842 Veterans Way, Greenwood. Meal consists of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic rolls, dessert and tea or water. Bar will be open for cocktails, beer and wine. Tickets are $12; walk-ins are welcome. Contact Trudy Umphrey at 317-702-3290 for tickets or information.

FIRST ANNUAL JOHNSON COUNTY GALENTINE’S EVENT, Feb. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m., Stage 1 Dance Academy, 740 Fry Road, Greenwood. Ladies, join us for the ABCs of Galentine’s — activity, breakfast, coffee and canvas! Look forward to breakfast, networking, crafting and personal development. Tickets are free; limited seating. Donations are accepted to offset the cost of the event. Profits will be used to benefit Dance Every Journey, a dance program at assisted living centers. Register at

CASINO NIGHT, ALL IN FOR FOSTER YOUTH, Feb. 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. Hosted by Resources of Hope, they invite you to join them for a night of fun and the opportunity to learn about Resources of Hope and how their programs are impacting the community’s foster children. Event held at The Sycamore at Mallow Run, 7070 W. Whiteland Road, Bargersville. $75 per ticket/$500 for table of eight. For more information or tickets visit:

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES, Feb. 17 and March 2 at 9:30 to 11 a.m. Your opportunity to ask your legislators questions about 2024 legislation and voice your concerns. Held on Zoom. For information or to register, visit – Legislative Updates – League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County. All representatives and senators who represent Johnson, Brown and Monroe counties were invited to attend.

COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR WALK, Feb. 24 at the Center Grove Church, 2340 S. State Road 135, Greenwood. The Refuge is encouraging Johnson and Marion County residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year Walk, a family-friendly winter fundraising walk for Johnson and Marion County homeless, hungry and hurting. Participants will walk a 2K or 5K route, can warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way and will be able to celebrate their efforts together at the finish line. For registration or more information, visit or contact Kerry Carmichael at [email protected] or 317-889-7338.

EDINBURGH PIXY THEATRE: Upcoming Events: Check out for event information and event descriptions or call 812-526-6513.



INDY/GREENWOOD SENIOR DANCERS at MJ Ballroom, 88 U.S. 31 S. First class free. No partner needed. Ballroom social group class on Mondays at 9:30 a.m; line dancing group class, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; ballroom social dance party mixer, Wednesdays 1 to 3:30 p.m. Snacks and drinks available.

INTERNATIONAL DANCE, first Wednesday of the month, 10 to 11 a.m. Each dance is taught. MJ Ballroom, 88 U.S. 31, S. Cost is $3.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE, every first Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Garfield Park Arts Center. Each dance is taught. All ages welcome. Cost is $1.

LINE DANCE at Beech Grove Senior Center, 602 Main St. Every Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m. Line Dance for 55 and over. Newcomers welcome. Each dance is taught if needed. Free.



CULTIVATION GARDEN CLUB will be hosting Growing Gladiolus and How to Store for the Winter on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. with Ashley McDaniel-Hoeing, former president of Indiana Gladiolus Society. The event will be held at St. John’s Church, U.S. 31 and Southport Road. For more information, call Linda Stemnock at 317-889-2540.

MY FAVORITE TOOLS, Feb. 29 at 2 p.m., Trafalgar Library, 424 S. Tower St. Steve Cline, retired Purdue Extension educator, will talk about his favorite tools for home gardeners. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 317-517-0566.

BEAUTY AND THE BEASTIES, March 28 at 6 p.m., Trafalgar Library, 424 S. Tower St. Naturalist Sarah Gray will talk about how to develop a home garden that uses native plants and is good for the animals that like to live there. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 317-517-0566.




—EVENTS AT CLARK PLEASANT LIBRARY: 350 Clearwater Blvd., Whiteland—

NALOXONE COMMUNITY TRAINING, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. Layperson Naloxone training teaches you to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and administer the reversal drug Naloxone to save a life. For more information:



TINY TOTS STORYTIME, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. Enjoy books, bounces, songs, rhymes and more. For more information:



WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE, Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. In this jam-packed, dynamic seminar, Master Myers will present the psychology, physiology and prevention of assault. Attendees will learn how their body works against them, how to counteract it and how to escape common grabs. Bonus for science lovers — plenty of anatomy and physics will be included! This event is for ages 16 and up.


—EVENTS AT WHITE RIVER LIBRARY: 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood—

STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER, Jan. 26 at 4:30 p.m. Ever wondered what goes on in the library at night? Your stuffed animal can find out when they stay over at the library. Join us for storytime and leave your stuffed friend. Pick them up the next day. For more information:



FRANKLIN SYMPHONIC COUNCIL is holding its bi-annual band instrument drive. All types of band instruments are needed. If you have a used instrument and wish to donate it, a council member will pick it up, have it checked, refurbished or repaired as needed and pay for all necessary work. The instruments are then donated to Johnson County schools. To donate an instrument, call Jane Stafford at 317-738-5994.



FRANCISCAN HEALTH HOSTING SUPPORT GROUPS. The Franciscan Health Bereavement Support Team will be hosting Caterpillar Kids, a grief support group, over a four-week span at Christ United Methodist Church, 8540 U.S. 31 S., Indianapolis. The classes will meet: Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Caterpillar Kids and Teen Grief Support are free support groups that offer learning opportunities for children ages 6-12 and teens ages 13-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Sessions for children will include crafts, games, music, snacks and therapy dogs. Teens will have their own curriculum and meet separately. An adult support group is optional and offered at the same time for adults who have kids or teens in these groups. All support groups are free. Advance registration is required by contacting the Support Team at 317-528-2636 or [email protected].

FRANCISCAN HEALTH INDIANAPOLIS will be hosting a monthly Lung Support Group at the Indianapolis hospital, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., entrance 1, starting on March 21. The meetings will take place on the third Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Cardiac Testing Conference Room. The Lung Support Group provides support for people living with lung disease. Meetings include a guest speaker and focus on education and treatment information. RSVP for the meeting and transportation a week prior to the event. For more information, call 317-528-8901 or email [email protected].

ATLAS (Assisting through loss after suicide) Suicide Bereaved Support Group, coming Jan. 2024 for those who have lost someone to suicide. Facilitated by suicide loss survivors and individuals familiar with suicide loss. Teens (13-17) meet second Tuesday of the month and adults (18+) second Wednesday of the month. For more information, visit or call 317-824-9617; leave a message with your number and we will call you back.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, led by the Main Street Hospice staff, is a place for all those who have experienced the loss of someone they love. Public is welcome to come and listen or share their grief stories. Sessions are the first Tuesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Street Hospice office, 10 Highland Ave., Franklin. For information call 317-736-0055.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets weekly in Franklin: Open Meetings: Mon. 7 p.m., According to Bill Group, 100 E. Madison St.; Tues. 7 p.m.; Wed. 6 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sat. 8 p.m., Franklin Serenity Group, 550 E. Jefferson St., 2nd floor; Thurs. 6:30 p.m., Sobriety Now Group, 1300 E. Adams St.; Fri. 7 p.m., Tara Treatment Center, 6231 U.S. 31. Closed Meetings: Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Mon. 7 p.m., 550 E. Jefferson St.; Wed. 8 p.m., 100 E. Madison St.; Thurs. 7 p.m. (men only) 550 E. Jefferson St.

PROJECT SAFE PLACE, 24-hour crisis intervention service for youths ages 7 to 17. To receive help, a youth may walk into a nonresidential Safe Place site and ask for assistance or call 317-738-5437.



LOCAL VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS are looking for volunteer drivers who can take local veterans to and from their medical appointments. Johnson County Veterans Transportation Network and Roudebush VA are recruiting. A vehicle and scheduling will be provided and other benefits include a free meal ticket, a free flu vaccination, free physical and more. Those interested should call Johnson County coordinator Jan Pennington at 317-473-5906.

MAIN STREET HOSPICE IN FRANKLIN IS CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS. To provide companionship to a patient in assisted living, long-term care, or a private home? Can you knit or crochet lap blankets? Would you like to assist with birthdays, events and seasonal projects? For more information, call 317-736-0055 or visit